Book Club

It's time for our March Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose Explore, Create, Resinate by Jen Cushman. This book is all about using ICE Resin -- a crystal clear jeweler's grade resin -- to create beautiful jewelry. The book has nine major chapters along with an introduction, final note, design team bios, and a resource guide. The nine chapters are: What Makes ICE Resin Unique: An explanation of why ICE... Read more →


It's time for our December Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose the book Journal It! curated by Jenny Doh: In an act of full disclosure: I'm one of the nineteen artists featured in this book. Jenny Doh has gathered a wide variety of art journalers into the pages of Journal It! Each artist is featured over several pages. You get a mixture of his/her artwork and comments on the process... Read more →


It's time for our October Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells. I also own Carol's first book (and one of my bead bibles): Creative Beadweaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches. Without reservation, I highly recommend both books. They are both so well done with excellent instructions and fantastic illustrations. Everything I know about beadweaving I learned from these... Read more →


Hello! Before we get to today's post, I have a bit of housekeeping. If you subscribe to this blog via a reader, you'll need to switch your feed over to http://feeds.feedblitz.com/handmadeart. There is currently a 15-day redirect that is sending you to the correct feed, but it will expire. So, if you'd like to keep subscribing (and I really hope you'd like to), please switch over. To switch over: Click on that highlighted link. On the right side you'll see the word "subscribe" next to a blue plus symbol. Click on the plus symbol and choose your reader of choice.... Read more →


As I mentioned in a previous post, I had asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists by Carla Sonheim From Amazon: "Carla Sonheim is an artist and creativity workshop instructor known for her fun and innovative projects and techniques designed to help adult students recover a more spontaneous, playful approach to creating. Her innovative ideas are now collected and elaborated on in this unique... Read more →


As I mentioned in a previous post, I had asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! The Art Journal Workshop by Traci Bunkers From Amazon: "With beautiful illustrations, The Art Journal Workshop breaks down the entire working process of journaling with step-by-step photos and instructions from start to finish. You'll learn how to use different media such as paint, photographs, and collage, while following journaling prompts and exercises to help... Read more →


As I mentioned last week, I had asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! Cards That Pop-up, Flip, and Slide by Michael Jacobs From Amazon: "Dazzle your friends and loved ones with the one-of-a-kind projects in Cards that Pop Up, Flip & Slide. A few simple cuts and folds are all it takes to create over twenty cards and envelopes with moveable parts. From pop-up trees to flipping leaves and... Read more →


A few weeks ago I asked the question, "What is your favorite art/craft book?" There were lots of great suggestions and I thought I'd compile them into one big list (in several parts) in case you're a book junkie like I am! Tales of Adornment by Kristen Robinson From Amazon: "Tales of Adornment will guide you through incorporating resin into your jewelry designs with stunning results. Kristen Robinson shows you, step-by-step, how to use resin in jewelry construction, providing a wide range of options and applications: from floating words to encapsulating objects, and from casting new elements to replicating sea... Read more →


It's time for our July Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose More Fabric Art Collage by Rebekah Meier. I also own the first book in this series, Fabric Art Collage. And that book is the reason that Rebekah and I met. Come with me on a trip down memory lane: At one of my first CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) shows, I saw a woman in the ladies room with... Read more →


It's time for our June Book Club! Just as a reminder, each month I choose a crafty book from my bookshelf and create something inspired by the book. I hope you'll be inspired to do the same. This month I chose Cover to Cover by Shereen LaPlantz: As you can see, the full title of this book is Cover to Cover: Creative Techniques For Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums. This is not a sexy book filled with glossy pages, big text graphics, and huge photographs of brightly colored art. Rather, this is a straight-forward book binding manual. There are... Read more →